GEK Website's New Form Pages Help You Stay Afloat in a Sea of Paperwork
By Erika L. Vargas, Esq.
Forms, forms and more forms. Anyone who files a Workers' Compensation claim for an on-the-job injury can expect to receive a wide variety of forms, particularly in light of Senate Bill (SB) 863, the most recent Workers' Compensation "reform."
These forms cover everything from medical treatment to financial benefits. It is vital that each is read carefully; some must be filled out, others are merely informational.
But, how does a lay person know what to do with these confusing notices and, more importantly, how is one to understand and comply with the many timelines involved?
The law firm of Gordon, Edelstein, Krepack, Grant, Felton & Goldstein, LLP (GEK) has made this paperwork maze less intimidating by creating new form pages on the GEK website. This is a one-of-a-kind archive for injured workers.
When in doubt, contact an attorney before completing or complying with the instructions outlined on a form. Some forms include strict deadlines that must be met. For instance with the new Independent Medical Review (IMR) process, an injured employee has only 30 days from the date of a decision to deny medical treatment to request an IMR of that decision. If the employee misses the 30-day deadline, the denial of medical treatment remains in effect for an entire year (with some limited exceptions).
SB 863 has tilted the scales unjustly, and injured workers are worse for it. Having an experienced, knowledgeable attorney represent you is often the best way to ensure that you receive the full range of benefits to which you are entitled.